Unveiled last December, the new JeanRichard Terrascope for the first time in its brief history gets significantly reduced in size. Probably trying to kill two birds with one stone by offering a timekeeper that can be worn both by males and females alike, as well as getting attention from the skinnier type of watchbuying crowd that deem the 44-45 mm watches too larger for their delicate wrists, the Swiss-based watchmaker has a good chance of making the Terrascope family a must have for a true aficionado.
From time to time, some things just need to be downsized. Previously available only in a 44 mm body, the beautiful JeanRichard Terrascope looked nice on a muscular, hairy hand of an athletic person, but left the leaner customers either searching for a similarly styled cushion-shaped timepiece from other manufacturers, or just making do with a watch that often looked a bit ridiculous on their wrists.
Luckily, somebody at JR’s marketing finally realized that, at the end of the day, it is more productive to offer two varieties of the popular model that saving on developing costs and losing thousands of customers that used to go to other brands.
According to the brand’s press release, the Terrascope is now offered in a lot more appealing size of 39 millimeters.
Not only they made it the watch of choice in a so called ‘unisex’ category allowing the Swiss brand to target millions of women craving for a cushion-shaped sporty timekeeper, as well as tens of thousands of metrosexual men, but it also caters to needs of those men who have smaller (or just thinner) wrists and simply can’t buy an oversized timekeeper for the sake of sanity.
Of course, judging by the pictures, this new watch with its numerous variations is primarily targeted at ladies. The one that will probably get the most attention is the gorgeous ref. 60510D56A602-11A that has its stainless steel body decorated with a rose gold circular bezel, which is, in its own turn, decorated with 54 large diamonds that measure around 0.46 carats.
Although so called “two-tone” watches rarely look impressive, this one actually looks quite remarkable, mainly thanks to the black mother-of-pearl dial that serves as a perfect background for the suspended hour markers crafted from rose gold, as well as for the wide (but still quite proportionate) hour and minute hands. Covered with white Superluminova, the hands and hour markers also ensure adequate legibility in almost any lighting scenario, be it a dimly lit bedroom, a grand opera house, or a sunny day somewhere in Colorado.
From the point of view of industrial design, this new timekeeper, too, looks very appealing. Although the smaller body still houses the same Sellita SW200-based Caliber JR60 automatic movement, the new 39 mm case still looks very well-proportioned: something that you rarely see when it comes to relatively compact timepieces.
Perhaps, a part of the secret has to do with the way they intersperse the machine-brushed and mirror-polished surfaces that make this gorgeous timekeeper look even more elegant than the original.
See also: JeanRichard Terrascope: Now in Rose Gold
WWR preliminary verdict
Build quality: 5/5
Value for money: 4.5/5
JeanRichard Terrascope 39mm watch specification
Movement: Automatic, JR60 (base Sellita SW200), Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 38 hours
Movement decoration: Black oscillating weight with vertical stripes
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel / Rose gold / Diamonds
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 39.00 mm
Case height: 10.30 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: Black / Rose or White or Black mother-of-pearl / Beige grained
Hour markers: Luminous, suspended
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Leather / Solid steel bracelets
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire